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Debbie Colgrove

Use Up Shoulder Pads - Viewer Tip

By November 22, 2008

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Peggy emailed me a great tip to use up shoulder pads. I know I have a sewing box full of them that I inherited from my grandmother. Peggy's idea will put grandma's shoulder pad collection to good use! I may even let my 4H chartity sewer's play with the idea so they can donate the shoulder pads to a local animal shelter.


November 26, 2008 at 5:13 pm
(1) Jan says:

I fell heir to many shoulder pads from a friend that would immediately remove them from new garments. Soon I had more than I had garments to put them in so started folding them over the top part of a wire hanger then stitching the free edges together on the machine. It makes a quick and hand padded hanger and those slippery garments and tank tops don’t fall off in a heap on the closet floor.

November 29, 2008 at 10:43 am
(2) deb says:

You should put a call out to all sewers/crafters out there and see how many different uses/ideas there are for shoulder pads, besides the obvious use of course.
I have made angels out of some of them. I use the flat half circle ones, cover with fabric of my choice. I use pinking shears to cut the fabric and leave the raw edges showing. I have sewn it on the pad by hand or use those fancy stitches on the machine, depending on the look I am achieving. In the middle of the long flat edge I hand stitch down to the bottom and them back up, this is for strength and gather it slightly. Take the same needle and thread, put a wooden bead with face or pompom up through the center and back down through to secure it to the wings. If using the wood bead I loop the thread around a halo made out of golden pipe cleaner. Add your final touches to make it yours. I would send pictures, but I don’t have any at this time.

November 29, 2008 at 12:05 pm
(3) Linda says:

I love sewing as well; I recently began working from my home and, love the fact that I can work through my own time. I am a cake decorator and I am working on building a good and successful
business from what I do. How-ever, sewing is my favorite thing to do and I am crazy about your Christmas projects. I want to try every thing!!!!! Love it!

November 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm
(4) DeeLynn says:

Those old shoulder pads can still be used for padding. When my kids were little, I stitched them in to the knees of their pants so that they could crawl comfortably. They also work great as knee or elbow pads in our clothes. I have put them in the knees of my work pants so that it is more comfy to get down on the floor. And stitched in to the elbows of work shirts, sure makes the bony parts (like elbows) less sore with chores. Then, when they are not needed any more, they are easily removed. I have also used them in my kids ice skates and ski boots to pad the uncomfortable or loose areas.

November 30, 2008 at 8:56 am
(5) Laurene says:

I used some flat shoulder pads, with a half-moon shape, as pockets inside of tote bags. I put flat portion near the top edge of the bag and stitched them into place with the machine. Of course, I chose covered ones with fabrics to compliment my totes.

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